The average household spends $2200 on utility bills annually. When your home is properly weatherized your utility bills can be reduced up to 25%. When you do the math, it’s a no brainer. Midland Insulation can help you cut costs by installing the proper insulation for your home. Midland experiences a wide variation in climate. Your home must be insulated to keep the heat out in the summer and in during the winter.
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Generally speaking, your home insulation should last at least 80 years. Some high grade insulation can last 100 years or more. There are a few elements that can significantly reduce your insulation’s life span. A puncture from a tree, a leaky roof or general repair can compromise your insulation. Punctures and holes leave your insulation vulnerable to mold, which gradually eats away at the material, thus causing you to adjust your indoor temperatures more frequently. Ultimately you will spend more money on energy costs than you planned. Our skilled contractors are adept at attic, flooring, siding and wall insulation.
In this industry, insulation’s energy efficiency is measured by analyzing its R-value. R-values simply rates how a material restricts heat flow. The more your insulation restricts the flow of heat, the higher the R-value. It goes without saying that surfaces with high R-values also have higher price points. These solutions cost more up front because they are designed to save you money on the backend. For example, fiber glass insulation has an R-value of about 3.2 per inch and is priced at $.12 per foot. Closed-cell insulation has an R-value of 6.0 per inch with a price point of $1.50 per foot.
When embarking down this road, it’s useful to know all of the options available. Most people have fiberglass insulation, because it does a decent job and it’s the least expensive. Rock wool is another substance that can be used to insulate your home. Rock wool is primarily made from spun minerals and has an R-value of 4.0 to 5.0 per inch. Polystyrene is incredibly light weight, making it great for attics and has an R-value of 5.0 per inch. Closed-cell polyurethane or spray foam is wonderful for accessing difficult to reach spaces and has an R-value of 6.0 to 6.5 per inch.
Insulation is green by nature, because its main purpose is to create energy efficiency. These days if you want a greener alternative, you can look to denim, hemp and even soy to insulate your home from the heat and cold. Sheep’s wool is water resistant and has an R-value of 3.0 to 4.0. Recycled denim is an awesome alternative because it doesn’t contain formaldehyde, which has been linked to cancer and has an R-value of 3.2 to 3.7. Aerogel is the queen of insulation materials because it possesses an R-value of 10.3. Rigid polystyrene insulates your home at a 3.8- 4.4 level but it also adds structural support to your existing walls.